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Wrapped Up with a Bow This time of year always brings back a rush of memories from when I worked in the retail industry in my teens and early 20s and the oh-so valuable life lessons I learned.

My first memory that stands out is my time working at Belk Department Store. Now, if you’re a woman and you’ve never worked at Belk or shopped there, you can’t really consider yourself southern, in my opinion. When I was in high school, our local store at The Asheville Mall interviewed a number of teenagers from the surrounding high schools and then selected a handful of us to become paid employees, working in retail positions and participating in events like back-to-school or prom fashion shows. When I was 16, they asked me if I wanted to make some extra money working in the store during the holidays. Having just had my driver’s license for a few months, and a penchant for wearing fashionable clothes, I happily accepted. Imagine my surprise when I showed up for my first shift to discover I would be manning the free gift wrap shop they had set up in the middle of the store. Every single customer who purchased a gift at Belk had the option to get their present wrapped for free (mind you, this was the mid-90s). Did I know how to wrap gifts? No. Had I received any type of gift-wrap training? No. Did I have anyone to assist me in my set up that contained huge rolls of gift wrap with built-in blades that stood taller than me? No. But never one to make waves, I rolled up my sleeves and did my best in the solo position for the next few weeks. There were plenty of older female shoppers who had “bless your heart” moments and helped me. Others would just say, “If you give me some of the paper and a bow, I’ll take it home and wrap it myself.” The male shoppers could have cared less what those boxes looked like at the finish, as long as they didn’t have to do it themselves. Beads of sweat formed on my forehead as I watched the line from my table set up near the shoe department grow until it backed up past the store entrance. I somehow survived. I guess most people did take pity on that small 16-year-old in her plaid skirts and tights, working alone, hoping just to get through each shift without slicing a finger off. The upside was that I learned how to wrap a gift pretty well and made my very first paycheck.

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Telling this story reminds me how I learned the value of hard work and watching people find joy in shopping for meaningful gifts for those they love. The following year I was assigned an overnight shift decorating the store for the holidays. My best friend and I almost froze to death the next morning while searching for her car in the parking lot because we hadn’t paid attention to where we parked, but it’s also a memory I’ll never forget. Cheers to you and yours! Editor



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Contributing Photographers Jon Beyerle Jamie Cowles Lisa Crates Ken Noblezada Tiffany Ringwald



About the Cover: Tiffany Ringwald Photography shot the interior of designer Lisa McCoy’s home for this month’s cover.

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Movers, shakers and more at the lake


Davidson Provision Company coming to Main Street


For the Long Run Epic Chophouse celebrates ten years


Mooresville Hospice House to open Spring 2021


Bet You Didn’t Know How did Denver, N.C. get its name?


Jami Svay opens IDOLIZE Brows and Beauty in Huntersville


We’re Just Crazy About Glory Haus at The Village Store


In Every Issue

28 Thoughts from the Man Cave

Ode to the holiday greeting card

40 Navigators

Getting organized with File the Pile

60 On the Circuit

A month of things to do at the lake

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

50 Wine Time


Studying the winemaking at Davidson Wine Co.

52 On Tap

30 Holidays

54 In The Kitchen

A look at Seasonal Affective Disorder

A festive tablescape and cookie swap ideas

Create a craft beer get-together

Ginger biscuits

56 Nibbles + Bites


A savory menu at Osito’s Tacos & Tortas

How we live at the lake

Where can we find the holiday lights?

24 Your Best Life

44 Dwellings

62 Renee Wants to Know


Lisa McCoy decks the halls in Cornelius


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Are you ready to explore a new shop that not only sells the kind of goods you want but takes you on an adventure to a happier place? That’s the goal of proprietor Matt Santos, whose new Davidson Provision Co. is a mix of Mast General Store, Wander North Georgia and Half-Moon Outfitters. According to Santos, he also plans to offer classes and seminars where “people can find experiential education and entertainment.” To curate what customers really want, Santos spent months soliciting feedback via online surveys. Davidson Provision’s inventory has a focus on sustainability, North Carolina and locally made items. In stock, you’ll find a variety of items for activities like running, hiking, Pilates and yoga as well as camping gear, gifts, items for kids and apparel. Clothing brands include prAna, Free Fly, Kavu, Pistil and Carve. Santos plans to continue to ask for input as his presence evolves. “We have had such a success with this concept, we want to build it into the DNA of the store,” he says. With a 20-year background in technology management in financial services, Santos relocated from Boston and moved in 2011 with his wife, Cailin, and kids, Hudson and Harper, to

Davidson, just off Main Street. Cailin is a Pilates instructor and owns MVMT Studio, also in Davidson. “We fell in love with Davidson as it was the closest thing we could find to a New England town,” Matt says. “We also lived in a downtown Boston brownstone, and loved the idea of being able to walk out of our front door and into the heart of a town.” “Over time, I have redefined my definition of success,” he adds. “Having my kids walk home from school and help me in the store is more valuable to me than any bonus I have ever received in the corporate world.” Offering more than a typical retail experience, Santos emphasizes there’s something for everyone at Davidson Provision Co. “We believe the outdoor experience covers the active enthusiast all the way to the person who just wants to bring the outdoors into their home,” he says. “What I’m most excited about is giving the community a store they are proud to say is in their hometown.” Davidson Provision Co. 120 S. Main Street, Davidson | DECEMBER 2020


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Epic Chophouse serves up hand-crafted cocktails and savory menu items, such as the Prime Ribeye.

A decade of legendary meals and libations In November 2010, Epic Chophouse opened just as Mooresville was on the cusp of revitalization. Pioneers Rick Mack and Larry Sponaugle renovated the brick building that once housed a historic 1880s dry goods store into a warm and welcoming restaurant that helped shine a light back on downtown. While the location and elegant atmosphere add to Epic’s appeal, it’s the fare that makes it a “must-eat-there” destination. Served in heaping portions, their crave-worthy appetizers and entrees have earned many stars in fine dining, as well as numerous awards from local publications. Here, you’ll always have too many choices on the menu, whether it’s Epic’s memorable steaks, chops, seafood or pastas. Even the impressive array of wines and tantalizing mixed drinks, generously filled to the brim, offer enough incentive to draw a crowd. As partners Mack and Sponaugle like to say, along with providing customers exceptional value and great service, nothing makes it onto the menu or stays there without being “EPIC.” Some current mouthwatering and addictive items that keep customers coming back include Shanghai Shrimp, Chophouse cheese toast, “Flintstone”-sized Prime Ribeye and deconstructed Beef Wellington. When Mack pulls up to the table, he says, “My go-to is the bonein Ribeye.” Sponaugle has a hard time deciding but, “I like all 18


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our pastas, you can’t match our filet mignon and our seafood is equally great.” And don’t forget to try the daily features. With a broad selection of the finest bourbons, Scotch and premium specialty drinks, you’d be remiss not to wet your whistle, Epic-style. (Consider a popular Pink Patrick or Bourbon Pecan Milk Punch.) Their commitment to excellence includes their team. Commandeering the kitchen from day one, Chef Jon Spencer, CEC, is “the hardest-working, phenomenal talent,” according to Mack and Sponaugle. And they say their “star” General Manager Ken Higgins “has developed a great culture and family here.” “We would like to thank everyone for their support. We wouldn’t be here without our customers,” says Mack. (They’re opening a new Epic Chophouse in Fort Mill, and their Hominy & Hogg is coming soon to Mooresville. Rumor has it the menu will include their fabulous chicken pot pie, one of my favorites.) Epic Chophouse 104 S. Main Street, Mooresville 704.230.1720 |


Lighting the Way

to Mooresville Hospice House 15,000 square-foot facility slated to open in April 2021 by Grace Kennedy

The Mooresville Hospice House is being constructed by G.L. Wilson Building Co. at 1325 Mecklenburg Highway.

Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC) has offered physical, emotional and spiritual support to its patients since 1984. Now the community-based nonprofit is preparing to open a new location that will remove the burden and cost of travel for countless south Iredell families. Set to open in April 2021, the 15,100-square-foot Mooresville Hospice House will offer a homelike environment with spacious rooms, welcoming family areas, a full-service kitchen and ample outdoor space with serene gardens. A full-time staff will provide compassionate care to patients and their families during life’s most difficult times. The house will also feature a 7,200-squarefoot Homecare and Bereavement Center where adults and children can partake in grief counseling and support groups. “By building an inpatient hospice facility and bereavement center in Mooresville, we are removing the transportation, cost and logistical burdens for families who currently have to travel out of their community to receive essential end-of-life care,” says HPCIC CEO Terri Phillips. “Every family in the Mooresville community deserves access to the comfort, compassion and dignity our hospice care provides.” Earlier this month, the Lighting the Way gala was held at Trump National Golf Club to raise funds for construction of the Mooresville Hospice House. Organized by steering commit20


tee members David and Susan Harrison, Sara Haire-Tice, Carl Robbins, Dr. Ralph Bentley and Edwin Hunter, the event featured dinner, music and an auction in the Lakefront Ballroom. “I believe that every family will, at some time and some place, be served by Hospice in a very positive way. Supporting our local effort is ‘paying it forward’ to benefit a worthy organization,” says Susan Harrison. Fellow steering committee member Carl Robbins learned how meaningful the hospice experience is for patients and caregivers when his mother-in-law received care at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville. “Mooresville residents deserve to have quality inpatient endof-life care right here in our community,” says the retired Mooresville Police Chief and HPCIC board vice-chair. “The care our family received at the Gordon Hospice House meant so much to us at a difficult time, and it is wonderful to know other families will receive that same compassionate care here at home.” You can pay it forward by donating at or by mail at Hospice of Iredell, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, N.C. 28625. For questions, contact Amy Fuhrman, For volunteer inquiries, contact Teresa Ward,

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The Compromise of Dry Pond

Jason Harpe and Matt Boles co-authored this book on the history of Denver. N.C.

Ever wonder how Denver got its name? by Martin Rose

Ever wonder how Denver, N.C. got its name? Town signs proclaiming “Denver of the East” are a hint to this fascinating nugget of history.

service was a huge boost to a community’s prosperity at the time,” explains local historian Matt Boles.

For its first 100 years, Denver was named Dry Pond after two small ponds that dried up in the summer heat near Highway 16 Business and Campground Road. Dry Pond got its first post office in 1837.

Concerned the name “Dry Pond” lacked appeal, community leaders asked D. Matt Thompson, principal of Rock Springs Seminary, to suggest a new name. “Rock Springs Seminary was a prep school for college,” Boles says. “Affluent farmers and planters from a 15-20 miles radius sent their children here to receive a good education. Students boarded with local families. At the time there were no public schools. One-room schoolhouses, owned by an individual who hired someone to teach, were the alternative.”

Residents had a Beatties Ford mailing address prior to the post office arriving. Beatties Ford was a bustling village on the site of what is now Governor’s Island with a wagon maker, tanning yard and doctor. A stagecoach road crossed the Catawba River through what is now Westport. A trip from Denver to Charlotte by horse was two days, with an overnight stop at Mountain Island’s Rozzelle House after crossing the Catawba on Rozzelle’s Ferry. Grist mills, gold mines, tradespeople and plantations growing cotton or wheat drove the economy. The iron industry thrived throughout Lincoln County. Rock Spring Camp Meeting made the area noteworthy, operating nearly 200 years from the same spot after relocating here from nearby Rehobeth in the 1830s. In the early 1870s, community leaders lobbied to route a new railroad line through the area. “Rail

Colorado was booming and seeking statehood at this time, so Thompson proposed the name Denver inspired by the state’s capital. In 1877 the town of Denver was officially incorporated. In a nod to its history, several businesses and a local baseball organization continue the Dry Pond name. Boles has called Denver home since the age of 2. His love for area history is inspired growing up hearing stories from older neighbors. “It is amazing how many people living here can trace their roots back to the pioneer families,” Boyles says. “Families have lived here forever and passed their history along.”

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2020 may not be the optimal year to open a new business, but for Jami Svay of IDOLIZE Brows and Beauty of Huntersville, she knew it was now or never. Svay is a makeup artist by trade and wanted to bring much-needed beauty services to the Lake Norman area. Where most people would be hesitant to open during such a turbulent time, she only saw opportunity. The journey to open IDOLIZE Brows and Beauty in Huntersville began long before the craziness of 2020 hit. Svay was consistently in demand as a makeup artist, both in a personal and professional capacity. Her work was featured in catalogs, Fashion Week in New York, and Hallmark Channel movies. She was also the makeup artist for recording artist Natalie Grant. But Svay and her husband were looking for opportunities to build on her expertise. Once they began exploring ideas, the franchise concept of IDOLIZE Brows and Beauty was presented to them. Mo Pandoria founded the business, and Svay had known him for years having worked with him as a makeup artist. She immediately knew the timing was right. Not only would she be offering services as an extension of what she already loves, but she would become the first black female franchise owner for the company. By September 2019, Jami began scouting locations for IDOLIZE. She chose the Lake Norman area, and specifically Huntersville, due to the number of people coming and going through the area. She signed the lease in the Torrence Village shopping center and construction began in January.

Jami Svay makes her mark in the spa industry right here in LKN by Sara Coleman | photography by Lisa Crates

Fast forward less than a year and the spa has opened despite the most difficult retail challenges this year. IDOLIZE offers beauty services such as threading, tinting, waxing, and facials—all with safety precautions at the top of mind. But if you ask Svay, she’s also providing the chance to help women feel their best again. She says “COVID took our confidence. People are finally starting to get out and it makes them feel great.” Svay is getting noticed beyond Lake Norman—IDOLIZE Brows and Beauty in Huntersville was recently featured on “Good Morning America’s” GMA:3 What You Need to Know segment. Since then, business is booming, and Lake Norman area residents have supported Svay and her business tremendously. IDOLIZE Brows and Beauty in Huntersville 9826 Gilead Road, C-108 704.270.4141 |



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The Gift of


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Glory Haus specializes in creating quality products that “speak life and love into your home.” What better way to get into the spirit than by decorating with one of these “A Very Merry Carolina in My Mind” tea towels? The coordinating throw pillow would also make a great hostess gift. Each of these textiles are handmade in a fairtrade factory by women who have been caught in the cycle of economic and social oppression. These products help further the company’s mission of reducing poverty and injustice and bringing these women dignity and freedom. The pillow is $39.95 and the tea towel is $16.50. Find these items and more offerings from Glory Haus, such as hand-painted ornaments, at The Village Store, 110 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.4440

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YOUR BEST LIFE by Elizabeth Watson Chaney

Mental Health Now A look at Seasonal Affective Disorder

On the 21st of December, winter will arrive, bringing with it a holiday season different from any before. Because the pandemic will preclude many of us from gathering together with our extended friends and families, the lost opportunity may leave us vulnerable to feelings of melancholy. Even with the global health crisis aside, the season of winter alone can trigger depression in people vulnerable to a specific type: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). To meet the criteria for a diagnosis of SAD, a person must experience the signs and symptoms of clinical depression at roughly the same time annually for a minimum of two years. Although there are people who succumb to summer or spring-onset SAD, it’s much more common right about now. The science isn’t definitive on what causes it, but it’s associated with low levels of Vitamin D and the reduced exposure to sunlight that accompanies the colder months of the year. Women are more likely to experience SAD than men, and symptoms can include any of those typical of clinical depression. But when it comes to sleep and appetite specifically, winter-onset sufferers tend to lean heavily toward getting too much of a good thing, rather than too little. “People want to hibernate,” explains Julia Rose, a licensed clinical mental health counselor with Davidson Family Therapy. Rose has been practicing her profession since January of 2016, and she has experienced SAD herself since high school. Over the years, she’s learned to be extremely proactive about addressing her symptoms. “I have a strict regimen I get on in the fall,” she says. It includes plenty of Vitamin D, exercise outdoors, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Rose is among the many Lake Norman mental health care practitioners with waiting lists, and self-care is an absolute nonnegotiable. At the top of her regimen is time outdoors. “I find I



really need the natural light,” she says, and she makes sure she gets outside in the middle of the day, whenever possible, to absorb some Vitamin D naturally. The benefits of nature also serve to wake us up, she says, and help us shift our attention away from our thoughts (if we’re ruminating), returning us to the more sensory experience of being in our bodies. If I’m paying attention to the wind on my face,” says Rose, “I’m not as likely to be thinking about how I haven’t seen my mom this whole year.” As a backup to these techniques, Rose takes a Vitamin D supplement and uses light therapy lamps indoors. To learn more, visit

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Getting (Holiday) Carded

Just the gesture of sending a greeting can go a long way

by Mike Savicki

For as long as I can remember, my roll to the mailbox the first business day after Thanksgiving has been one filled with mixed emotion. On the one hand, as an old school, mail loving guy, I’m excited to draw down the door and see the overflowing pile that awaits. On the other hand, I’m fearful and reluctant to open that small brass door because I know I’ll find our first holiday card of the season. And it always comes from one certain family. As a bit of backstory, the Savicki family has this one friend who must, without a shadow of a doubt, possess a USPS Superpower, greater than any/all state election bureaus might ever aspire to have, in that this family knows, right down to the day, how to get their holiday card (beautifully adorned with one, single, photoshopped family image, plus an accompanying perfectly rhyming family-year in-review insert, all wrapped in a pine-scented envelope) into our mailbox on the exact day that is traditionally acceptable to switch from Thanksgiving to that stressful December holiday. To the best of my memory I cannot remember a single year their card wasn’t waiting for me. The big box stores who run holiday ads in everything printed (and now online) could learn from this family. Insomuch as they set the tone for a thoughtful and considerate holiday season, they also effectively stick me right behind the proverbial holiday Eight Ball of tardiness, panic, and self-doubt. So, if you are wondering if I will be sending out holiday cards this freakishly different year, even with the knowledge that their card will soon be arriving, well, so was I. To help make the annual decision that costs me evening upon evening of prep work, resulting in me trying not to lose the finished stack either out the window or on my cluttered mini-van floor as I drive to the elusive USPS dropbox location, I reached out to Elisabeth Connolly, owner of Davidson’s Elisabeth Rose 28


Sending holiday cards is a meaningful way to keep in touch with those you care about.

Social Stationary, for a chat. While I had a hunch she’d be a proponent of my continuing the practice, I never could have imagined she’d effectively take away all my Grinch, bah humbug, spirit and fill the void with a desire to spread a greater, deeper degree of heartfelt love and sharing. “There is something so very intentional about mailing a card, a handwritten letter, or a note to someone,” she began. “It doesn’t have to be ornate. Think about those small messages we sent as kids, even the pictures we drew then mailed to a relative as a thank you. Those small gestures carry the biggest weight. They are the connection we hold on to when we aren’t together. They are the smallest tokens of biggest love.” While social media has made it easy to post and share anything and everything, it has taken away that one-on-one connection that many of us still crave and appreciate. “Personal correspondence is about making choices about who you want to bring into your personal space,” Connolly adds. “Taking the time to keep track of, or update, a street address, for example, could be the key to making someone feel loved and special. It is part of the intentional, tangible symbol of what you took the time to create.” And for those who aren’t on social media—grandparents, older relatives, those who’ve simply just had enough of it—cards and letters mean so much. Whether you start small with a boxed set and a simple handwritten signature just for your closest relatives or go big with custom designed cards and embossed envelope lettering, please make the time to do it this year. Send those you love something you took time to create. I now know I will.







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Though GMP Performance has had a presence in Charlotte since 1975, it also has a newly opened location in Mooresville ready to provide upgraded parts and service for German cars on the street and track. The company specializes in the five German brands—Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen, from servicing a daily driver to preparing a car for the racetrack. They have a motorsports mentality in everything they do and make sure that cars are ready for the track, even if they are just being driven down the street. Founders Joe and Claudia Klitzsch arrived in the United States from Germany and Austria in the mid and late 1960s. They developed a passion for motorsports by competing in Autocrosses and Hillclimbs in the early 1970s. Friends and fellow car enthusiasts began asking them to reach out to their family still in Germany to purchase tuning parts and ship them to the United States. As the volume and demand increased, the Klitzsch’s decided to sell their 356 Porsche to finance their first stocking order and had it shipped via ocean container to the U.S. and the parts were stored in their home’s basement. 32


They incorporated GMP Inc (which stood for German Motors and Parts) before moving into their first warehouse space. The roots in Autocrossing and Hillclimbs eventually led into WV Motorsports support series for IMSA with the “The Rabbit Bilstein Cup” and racing in regional SCCA events in the early 80s. In the 80s and 90s the importing business flourished and GMP Performance began focusing more on distributing imported products to a national dealer network.

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The business has now come full circle. Stephen Klitzsch joined the company in the early 2000s and is now the President and General Manager. He began to shift the company back towards motorsports, becoming a driving instructor and also competing in regional NASA racing events. He also began to offer installation of upgraded parts sourced from the U.S. and Germany alike. An online retail website was built, with parts shipped to enthusiasts both nationally and internationally. Over the last 10 years, the business also evolved to include the service and routine maintenance, which Quentin Boatright, Service Manager, currently leads.

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Sandy Miller with Seasons Home Staging knows how to decorate for the holidays. With more than 12 years of experience in business, design and staging, she works as an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) and holds a North Carolina real estate license. Miller is also a member of the Charlotte Regional Chapter of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP). While Miller offers vacant and model home staging, occupied property staging, staging for those who simply want to enjoy their homes more, she also offers what she calls “Staging to Celebrate� services. This aspect of her business allows her to assist clients with decorating for a specific event, including developing unique themes and ideas and then executing the concepts, whether for an office environment or for a home.



Sandy Miller with Seasons Home Staging created this eye-catching and multi-layered tablescape.

Sometimes we all need a little help with ideas for sprucing up our tables when entertaining family and friends. For this project, Miller designed and developed an eye-catching tablescape reminiscent of a winter wonderland, taking cues from the coral-accented chairs at the harvest table and creating layers of colorful dishes, sparkling glassware, classic place settings, and adding a touch of whimsy with faux deer and trees with different textures. Bring on the festivities!

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Deck the Counters

Three recipes for your next cookie swap

Story and photography by Lara Tumer

Classic Shortbread Cookies

Tackle the tradition of a holiday cookie swap with one of the recipes below. Whether you prefer a no bake truffle (so easy even the novice chef can make an impression) or something festive like a sprinkle-adorned buttery cookie, there’s a recipe here to make your holiday a little bit sweeter.

If you’re someone who thrives on a short ingredient list, you’ll love these cookies, which simply require the basics. Butter, flour, sugar and come together in minutes. They’re a melt-in-your mouth kind of cookie that you won’t be able to get enough of.

Better than the Bakery Funfetti Cookies Like the traditional bakery sprinkle covered cookies, but with a holiday twist. You can top these with any sprinkles you’d like, just make sure to be generous!

No-Bake Oreo Truffle Cookies Skip the oven and start with everyone’s favorite sandwich cookie, reimagined for the holidays. Ingredients: 1 package Double Stuffed Oreos 4 oz. Cream Cheese dipping chocolate, almond bark hardens fastest but chocolate or chocolate chips work as well Instructions: 1. Chop Oreos up finely in a food processor. 2. With hands or a spoon mash softened cream cheese and crushed Oreos until well combined. You can also use a mixer on low speed. 3. Roll into 1” balls and place on a wax covered cookie sheet. Put in freezer for 15 minutes. 4. While balls are in freezer, melt chocolate according to directions. 5. Pull the Oreo Truffles out of freezer, and dip into chocolate. Garnish with sprinkles or leave plain. 6. Let chocolate set, refrigerate and enjoy.

Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter (softened) 1 1/4 cups sugar 4 oz. cream cheese (softened) 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 large egg 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 cups flour 1 cup of sprinkles Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in cream cheese, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract. Mix together until combined. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix into the large bowl on slow to medium speed, adding in a little at a time until incorporated. 4. Place sprinkles or nonpareils in a small bowl. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, roll cookie dough into balls. 5. Roll the dough in the sprinkles (the more the better), leaving the bottom of the ball without sprinkles. 6. Use the bottom of a glass and gently press down on the cookie to slightly flatten it. You want them between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick. 7. Bake in the oven for approximately 1012 minutes.

Ingredients: 4 sticks of butter (room temperature) 2 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar (separated) 1 egg yolk (room temperature) 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tablespoon brandy 5 cups all-purpose flour Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Mix together butter and half cup of confectioner’s sugar in the bowl of a stand-up mixer or a large bowl. 3. Add vanilla extract, brandy and egg yolk and mix until combined. 4. Slowly add flour half cup at a time, until all of the flour has been incorporated and dough forms. 5. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and work dough for a few seconds with your hands until dough is smooth. Roll into a ball and either flatten into an oval or form into crescent shape (depending on your preference). 6. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until cookies brown just slightly. 7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet. Put remaining two cups of confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl. Once cookies have cooled, gently toss cookies in sugar until they are coated completely. | DECEMBER 2020



File the Pile can help organize years’ worth of family photos and memorabilia.

Inspired Efficiency

Kim Wilhelm finds purpose in professional organizing by Renee Roberson photography by Ken Noblezada

It was while in the middle of tackling organization projects within her own home that Huntersville resident Kim Wilhelm had an epiphany about a new kind of business she wanted to start.

in June 2019. She is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and strives to serve clients with integrity, competence, and objectivity.

Wilhelm admits she was always working to implement efficient filing systems in her career in the financial services industry and enjoyed organizing materials for clients and co-workers. A job with Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) brought her to North Carolina in 2002, but after a few years she took a job as an analyst at a wealth management company. She worked her way up to becoming Chief Investment Officer and then decided to explore other opportunities after 13 years when the company was sold to another firm.

She has volunteered her time with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity (now Habitat for Humanity/Charlotte), where she organized the home building product inventory. She also helped streamline the organization’s internal spreadsheets used to purchase building materials and supplies in bulk. This work helped her solidify her purpose in starting File the Pile.

While taking time off after leaving the wealth management company, she began focusing on organizing items around her house, because it was something she had a passion for but never had the time to do. She thought to herself, “When I go on to my next financial job, I’m not going to have much time to organize.” This, she says, is when a lightbulb went off in her head. “I started researching and discovered there was a whole industry around organization,” she says.

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While she does offer a variety of home organizing services such as pantries, closets, photos, etc., Wilhelm feels paper management and decluttering are her greatest strengths, given her financial background. This includes junk mail, financial statements, bills, tax records, health records, magazines, newspapers, product instructions, etc. “I come into homes and offices and I see the piles,” she says, noting her company motto is “Clear the Clutter, Clear Your Mind.” “I customize the process and product solutions for each client. If they prefer digital files, I have a portable scanner and can scan documents to their computer. I utilize sorting bins and a streamlined process to quickly determine whether to save, shred or recycle various papers. I then create an efficient filing system that is easy to maintain on an ongoing basis.” She knows how stressful gathering year-end tax documents can

Kim Wilhelm founded File the Pile after years of working in the financial services industry.

be for individuals and small business owners and contractors. For example, she can help business owners organize their expenses by scanning receipts, categorizing them into tax deduction categories, and then coordinating with CPAs to upload the receipts efficiently in QuickBooks.

How can a professional organizer help? Wilhelm says she’s noticed in her line of work that once clients receive her help getting started, they can often continue projects on their own. “There are various ways I help clients with the process,” she says. “I have checklists for guidance as well as laminated cards I share with clients. These provide questions they can ask themselves—Does this bring you joy? Do you want to burden your family with this in your absence? Can it be replaced? Once I am able to interact with clients, in my experience, the decluttering decisions aren’t that hard.” “I love seeing the end result,” she says. “Once we’ve organized and decluttered items, I see clients that are happy. They are clearing their minds and able to focus more energy on the things they enjoy.”

Un-Deck the Halls Wilhelm recommends using any time off you have during the holidays to organize Christmas decorations. Sort through all of your lights and identify which ones work and don’t work. Replace burned out bulbs. Store decorations in containers or bins that are clearly labeled so they will be easy to find next year.

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Whether Zooming or gathering in-real-life, make sure your table game is strong. Go with fresh florals and lots of candles that don’t have to blow the budget, says McCoy. White candles in a variety of sizes from Michael’s, The Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby mixed all around add affordable beauty and ambience.





Cornelius designer decks her halls for the holidays

by Bek Mitchell-Kidd photography by Tiffany Ringwald Photography

A California transplant and previous celebrity kids’ clothing designer, Lisa McCoy has embraced her new home in Lake Norman and the inspiration she receives from the area in her interior design business.

As owner and lead designer at A House by the Lake Interiors, located in Cornelius, McCoy specializes in bathroom and kitchen remodels, but it’s the holiday display in her own home that has caught our eye. McCoy’s unique touch and lake-inspired décor is inspiration for those wanting to add a nautical touch without overdoing it. McCoy usually starts her home holiday planning at the end of September, especially if she is participating in a charity holiday house tour. “I always start with deciding on color,” she says. Then she makes the decision on whether or not to use a flocked tree (creating the look of artificial snow on a tree), and then a style or theme. McCoy explains that there are many ways to include lake or coastal vibes into décor including color, lighting, art, texture and pattern. Seagrass rugs or wallpaper, jute rugs and baskets and collared tree skirts also add coastal style during the holidays. Her favorite local places to shop for holiday décor include Dutchmans Designs, Inspired at Lake Norman, Williams Sonoma, and Lake Norman Cottage.

Classic Blue

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Bolster the Banister.

“Stockings look great on a banister too,” says McCoy. She says she also favors classic stocking stands from Ballard Designs and Grandin Road made of iron to place by the tree. “Hardware hooks mounted on a piece of painted wood and hung on a wall as Christmas décor is another idea.”



Go Green

Garland and greens can go almost anywhere in the house; such as on a banister or mantle, and wreaths also look beautiful over a kitchen hood, on the back of counter stools and also make a great centerpiece.

Trimming the Tree

While both live and artificial trees have their advantages, McCoy prefers live trees for their character, organic shape, and Christmas-y scent. However, she says, “An advantage of an artificial tree is that you can work with heavier ornaments and strategically place them much easier, and with confidence that they will hold.� | DECEMBER 2020


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Dine + Wine Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

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Making wine at Davidson Wine Co. p. 50

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DINE+WINE - wine time

Extra pleasure,

Extra Local The Davidson Wine Co. inserts itself deep into the winemaking process by Trevor Burton photography by Trevor Burton

Davidson Wine Co. has a unique concept that sets it apart from competitors.

First, forgive me for being a little nerdy—eventually we’re going to get to a useful and enjoyably tasty point. There are six basic steps in bringing wine from a grape on a vine to a bottle at your wine merchant. They are—growing, picking, pressing, fermenting, aging and bottling. These six steps bring me to wine négociants. Négociants have been a critical part of the wine industry for many years, in some of the world’s most prestigious wine regions. In the past, vineyard owners had no way to connect with buyers. And no means for handling the expense of purchasing the equipment necessary for the final steps in the winemaking process. Equipment such as grape presses, barrels for aging and bottling machinery. Also, most vineyards were not large enough to make producing their own wine profitable. They made more money from selling off their grape crops to négociants. In the past, négociants had to be close to vintners who grew grapes. Today, due to advanced transportation technology, the last three steps of the winemaking process can be carried out anywhere in the world; along with the advantages and pleasure they bring to the end consumer—ie, you and me. And that brings me to Lindsey Williams, owner of the Davidson Wine Co. She’s the useful and enjoyably tasty point I had promised. Apart from being a warm, welcoming and pleasant spot to enjoy a glass or two of wine, Lindsey Williams’ Davidson Wine Co. is a modern-day négociant with all the consumer value that provides. Let’s look at the value. First, to me, there is no greater pleasure than sharing a glass of wine with the person who made it. And, as 50


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DINE+WINE | on tap

Holidays Hoppy Host your own craft beer tasting by Lara Tumer photogrpahy by Lara Tumer

Looking for a unique activity with a small group of friends? Consider a craft beer tasting party where everyone can sample the area’s locally brewed beers. With so many craft breweries native to Lake Norman, there is no shortage of brews to choose from. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a how-to on hosting your very own hoppy soiree. 1. Carefully select a varied selection of local beers. Pick a selection that slowly progresses from crisp and light flavors to something deep, rich, and dark. Start with a blonde ale, like the Sandbar Blonde from Eleven Lakes Brewing. If that’s not quite your taste, anything similarly light and refreshing will work. Advance to any of the area’s IPAs. Hakuna Matata from D9 Brewing is a personal favorite. The latter part of the tasting should hit wheat beers and dark lagers – Bramber from King Canary Brewing will certainly excite all the right taste buds. End the tasting with a dessert-like stout, something like Lake Norman Brewery’s Nitro Milk Stout. If you don’t have time to drive around collecting beer, most local grocery stores carry a great selection of Lake Norman beers to make your shopping easy. 2. Set up some snacks. While you might want to go all out with array of your favorite appetizers, a few salty snacks will certainly do the trick to cleanse the palette between tastes. Simple, crispy potato chips and some pretzels are my top choices. Set them out in some small bowls so people can help themselves as they taste. Popcorn, nuts, or even a sampling of your favorite cheese and crackers would also work. 3. Grab some glassware. Mini mason jars are the best for a larger pour, but if you’re trying to get through a bigger batch of brew, a shot glass works nicely. If you’re trying to save or have a big group, plastic shot glasses work just as well. The servings are small enough that everyone can pour seconds or thirds of their favorite and still only consume a few ounces. You’ll also want to set some glasses out for water so people can cleanse their palette between samples. 4. Take some notes and have fun. Either label your glasses (chalk stickers are cheap and fun) or provide a tasting list so everyone knows exactly what they’re sipping. It’s so interesting to see people gravitating towards beers they might not know they like. Comparing favorites will not only spark conversation, but also allow everyone to experiment with new flavors and have fun with friends and family. Get participants involved by having everyone bring a six pack of beer. You can assign a flavor profile to ensure a variety. If you’d rather be in charge of the brews, have them bring a snack for munching so everyone can bring something to the table (quite literally). 52


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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen


Ginger Biscuits

Holidays and gingerbread go together like snowmen and snow! In Britain, they call these biscuits rather than cookies and refer to them as “ginger nuts� even though they contain no nuts. Traditionally, they are usually hard and perfect for dunking in a mug of tea. These little gems are use only ground oats, which is great those avoiding gluten while seeking extra fiber. Using coconut sugar gives it a perfectly balanced taste that will tickle your taste buds while also being lower in sugar. You can even replace oil for butter to make these a vegan’s dream. Shape into a round or cut them into your favorite man, tree, or star. Finish them off with no nonsense dark chocolate or zingy lemon icing for a special treat this holiday. Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter or extra virgin coconut oil 2 tbsp coconut sugar 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp unsulfured molasses 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1 heaped tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp cinnamon Icing options: Lemon icing (optional) for decorating 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar (organic really does make a difference in taste) 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice OR Melted dark chocolate and crushed pistachios Grind the oats and sugar on high in a blender until the mixture is fine like flour. Mix in the ginger and cinnamon and then thoroughly mix in the butter and molasses. Chill dough 15-20 minutes for easier rolling and roll out between 2 pieces of parchment paper until about a 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. If dough gets warm place in freezer for five minutes for easier transfer. Bake on parchment paper at 350F for 13-15 minutes until firm. Remove and cool before transferring. Decorate if desired and store at room temperature. For the icing mix the sugar and juice together and put in a plastic bag with a small hole at the bottom. Drizzle on cooled cookies and leave to set!

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Choose from nine different varieties of tacos.

Osito’s Tacos & Tortas showcases unconventional menu concept by Holly Becker | photography by Lisa Crates

Foods like pimento queso, pickled okra and fried green tomato tacos aren’t your average Mexican restaurant offerings. First time guests at Osito’s Tacos & Tortas in Cornelius might be skeptical upon first glance of the menu, but the combo is surprisingly delightful. Owners Bobby and Angela Davis call their unique menu concept Southern rooted and Mexican inspired. “I take Southern ingredients and Mexican dishes and mix with Southern cuisine,” says Bobby. “It’s something that no one in the area was doing. We try to be as scratch made as we can.” The couple want patrons to expand their Mexican food palates and experiment with some new flavors. In fact, diners won’t find a single item with ground beef on the menu. “We want people to try other things. A lot of people will just order that (ground beef) and never experience what we try to 56


promote,” says Bobby. Instead, he wants guests to try a torta, a Mexican style sandwich made with a telera roll and chicken, a sustainable fish, or a vegetarian option with mushrooms. Most of the menu items are named after a family member and crafted with the individual’s likings in mind. For example, Olivia’s Mini Burritos on the kid’s menu are named after the couple’s daughter. The Miguel, the Spanish version of Michael, is a taco named for their 16-year-old son, who works at the restaurant, and is a fan of black bean croquetas. Lulu’s flan is a nod to Angela’s mom, who gave Osito’s her coveted flan recipe.

From busboy to restaurateur Osito’s is the Concord couple’s first restaurant ownership venture, but Bobby, a Raeford, N.C., native, has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 20 years. He started his food service career at age 14 bussing tables. The chef has worked for Charlotte area

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Osito’s co-owner Bobby Davis has been involved in the restaurant industry since he was 14 years old.

restaurants like Cantina 1511, Bad Daddy’s and Mama Ricotta’s, as well as in corporate dining. While at Cantina, he traveled with Charlotte Restaurateur Frank Scibelli to Guadalajara and Mexico City. “I learned a lot about Mexican cuisine from those trips, but I think what I enjoyed the most was the passion and pride that was put into every dish. I also learned about the Hispanic culture more and that made me understand where the passion comes from,” says Bobby.

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The restaurant’s moniker, Osito, means “little bear” in Spanish. Osito was a nickname Bobby acquired while working at Cantina. “They’d say to me, ‘You are big and hairy because I’ve always had a beard, and you can be like a grizzly bear or a teddy bear depending on the situation,’” he laughs.

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Pivoting during the pandemic The Davises looked for restaurant spaces for three years before snagging at spot in The Chair Factory shopping center in Cornelius last December. Little did they know the unforeseen challenges that Covid-19 would bring, including hiring staff to work in a pandemic and shifting their business model to include more takeout and curbside orders. They finally took a leap of faith and opened doors on June 1. “We love this area. It’s worked out great. We love the community and the people. There’s a lot of support for local here. We try to promote other local restaurants and breweries too,” says Bobby. Purchasing a food truck has helped the Davises market Osito’s to the Lake Norman area. The food truck, which offers a smaller menu than the restaurant, stops in at local breweries and neighborhoods. “The first time we went to a brewery lot of people didn’t know about us, so the food truck has been a good thing for marketing to get our name out there. We went to a neighborhood and sold out in two hours,” says Bobby. Osito’s Tacos and Tortas 20700 N. Main Street, Suite 124, Cornelius | 704.997.5773 |

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SANTA PAWS IN THE PARK (DEC. 6) Pups are invited to take their photo with Santa at this family-friendly event hosted by Cornelius PARC. Don’t miss the opportunity to make this year’s Christmas card the best one yet. $5 for Cornelius/ Davidson residents; $7 for other residents. 1-3 p.m. Antiquity Greenway, 865 South Street, Davidson,

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up the Town Nearby places to add dazzle to your evenings by Renee Roberson

One of the things I look forward to the most is seeing all the beautiful light displays throughout the holidays. With many of the usual festivals and events for this year looking a little different, enjoying a drive or walk-through of thousands of twinkling lights is something we can definitely do to bring joy into our lives. Here are a few good places in our area to explore.

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Christmas Wonderland of Lights (Through Jan. 3) Drive through miles of twinkling lights (4 million!) as you head into the park. Admission is $8 per person for ages 2 and up and includes the drive through and walk around portions of the light show and meeting Santa. There are also other add-on activities families can participate in. Open Sun.-Thurs. from 6-9 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. from 6-10 p.m. Zootastic Park, 385 Oswalt Amity Road, Troutman, Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Spectacular (Through Dec. 31) This orchestrated light show includes more than 175,000 lights set to music. Free. Runs nightly through December, starting each evening at 5:30 p.m. Town Hall, 413 N. Main St., 62


Just a short drive away: Speedway Christmas (Through Jan. 17, 2021) The 11th edition of Charlotte’s spectacular drive-through light show features more than 4 million lights over a 3.75-mile course that includes most of the oval as well as the infield and the ROVAL™. Tune into 101.3 FM for corresponding music to go along with the lights. $25 per car (10 max). Fri. and Sat., $30 per car (10 max). Mon.-Thurs. and Sunday, 6-10 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord, Holidays at the Garden. (Through Jan. 3, 2021) Although the show is just a bit smaller than in years past, you can still sing along to your wintertime favorites at this popular and colorful topiary display, take in the rolling lights of the Piedmont Prairie while strolling among the blossoming cherry trees. Purchase tickets in advance. Adults, $14.95; Seniors and children 2-12, $12.95; Adults, $14.95; children under 2 years free. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, ChristmasTown USA (Nightly through Dec. 26) The lights in McAdenville, N.C., will continue to dazzle and delight under a revised lighting schedule. Thousands of illuminated red, white and green light displays will dance along the town’s streets, welcoming visitors from near and far. In light of COVID-19, see website for a list of changes to the normal schedule. Free. 5:30-10 p.m. each night. 100 Main Street, McAdenville, Tanglewood Festival of Lights (Through Jan. 1) Drive through miles of dazzling lights approximately 45 minutes from the Lake Norman area. $15 per family vehicle. 6-11 p.m. Note: The entrance to Festival of Lights is off of US-158. GPS may incorrectly direct you to a back gate which is off of Idols Road. Visitors may not enter into the show through that back gate and will be directed to the main entrance off of US-158. 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons,

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PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C Sherry Dawn Repass, FNP-BC

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